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We’re Partnering with Black Lives in Music and Encouraging Members to Take Their Survey

Black Lives in Music (BLiM) is a newly launched initiative which the MU has partnered with – on a mission to combat racism, uniting organisations and musicians to create a truly inclusive and diverse music industry.

Published: 20 April 2021 | 5:45 PM Updated: 29 April 2021 | 12:58 PM
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The survey means we can begin to have an honest conversation about the barriers Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians face. Photo credit: Shutterstock

John Shortell, MU Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, commented on our new partnership, “the MU are proud partners of BLiM and look forward to working together to support the classical and jazz sectors to become a more inclusive place for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians.”

BLiM have co-ordinated their launch with a new survey, which they are calling on Black musicians and professionals to complete.

There is currently no data on Black musicians in the UK. Opportunity and access has been denied to many Black creatives in the industry, and BLiM wants to make sure that Black creatives are heard by giving them a formal platform to have a voice.

John Shortell explained why the MU is proud to promote the survey, “The MU encourages musicians to share their experiences via the BLiM survey. Having this data means we can begin to have an honest conversation about the barriers Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians face and then support organisations to become more diverse in a sustainable way.”

Complete the survey on the BLiM website. Data drives change, if there's no voice, there will be no progression.

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